Khan: 'Sithebe has big shoes to fill'


Former Kaizer Chiefs assistant and development coach Farouk Khan says reported new acquisition Siyethemba Sithebe will have big shoes to fill at Naturena.

Khan who helped develop talents such as Jabu Mahlangu and Junior Khanye among many others for the Glamour Boys warns that Sithebe may undergo a bedding-in phase.

Sithebe a very important member of the Usuthu team, has already featured 20 times in all competitions for the KwaZulu-Natal club.

Khan also weighed in, in the 29-year-old's comparison to Amakhosi great Siphiwe Tshabalala.

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"I think it's very big shoes that he needs to fill, he's never been good consistently over a while," Khan tells KickOff.

"He did show certain glimpses when Cavin Johnson was there, I think he played some good football, subsequently he's been in and out of AmaZulu for some reason or whatever.

"But again he is a very good player. But you know you must take into account when you go to Chiefs it's not only about being a very good player, it's about being a complete player because the expectations at Chiefs is greater than anywhere else.

"At a smaller club you can get away with etcetera, etcetera but at Chiefs, the minute you don't perform automatically the fans starts to be on your back you know. You have one poor performance they will hammer you.

"And the big question you got to ask is, by him signing for Chiefs which position will he take up because you got Nkosingiphile Ngcobo doing so well at the moment.

"You've got Dolly as well who is more offensive but he's also an attacking midfielder, and you know you always got to consider him in your line-up.

"The big case is when he gets his opportunity, is he gonna take in his stride with both hands or he is gonna struggle a little bit at first?

"We are going to have to wait and see because when you go to a team like Chiefs who are struggling at the moment to be consistent, and when people are depending on you there's a lot of pressure."

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